Sudan Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Jul 10, 2002
This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Sudan dated October 5,
2001, to inform Americans of increased concerns about the security situation
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Sudan. In
addition to the ongoing civil war that affects both southern and eastern
Sudan, the government of Sudan's control over its police and soldiers may be
Fighting continues between Sudanese government forces, the Sudan Peoples'
Liberation Army (SPLA), and various militias in the south of the country,
including in the oil-producing region of Upper Nile. Rebels have made
threats against foreigners working in the oil industry in Upper Nile. In
addition, there is rebel activity around Kassala, in Southern Blue Nile, and
in the Nuba Mountains. At least one American relief worker has been beaten
and falsely accused of espionage. Other Americans have been held hostage.
Travel into opposition-held areas of Sudan requires a specific travel permit
from the SPLA or other rebel movement controlling the territory.
Although a U.S. consular officer makes periodic visits to Sudan, the
officer's ability to provide consular services, including emergency
assistance, is severely limited.
U.S. citizens who, despite this Travel Warning, remain in or travel to Sudan
should keep a low profile and stay alert to developments. Avoid large
crowds and other situations in which anti-American sentiments may be
U.S. citizens are encouraged to register with local employees at the U.S.
Embassy in Khartoum located at Sharia Ali Abdul Latif, and to obtain updated
information on travel and security in Sudan. The mailing address is P.O.
Box 699, Khartoum; telephone (249)(11) 774-700 and 774-611; fax 774-137.
The U.S. consular officer can be contacted via the consular section in
Khartoum or directly at the U.S. Embassy Cairo; telephone (20)(2) 795-7371;
e-mail: [email protected] The workweek in Cairo and Khartoum is
Sunday through Thursday. Information on services available for residents of
Sudan may be found on U.S. Embassy Cairo's web site:
For further general information regarding travel to Sudan, U.S. citizens
should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for
Sudan, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.